A bit of inspiration…

Posted: January 13, 2012 by Ben Weber in English
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It has been a nice three weeks for me here in London – catching up with friends and family over Christmas and New Year. Will be flying back to São Paulo later tonight so I will enjoy the last day – off to see the Wildlife Photography exhibition at the Natural History Museum and will find a couple of galleries.

It has also been quite productive as well. Saw the Scott-Shackleton & Antarctic exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace and one cannot fail to be inspired by either of these two great adventurers. Went to the Royal Geographical Society and read a couple of expedition reports there – one regarding Michael McGrath’s Pole2Pole expedition in 2002 and 2004, and one regarding the Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Expedition. Both projects were incredibly inspirational and further reinforced my desire to do this project.

The Pole2Pole project was conducted by Michael McGrath, a chap who has the rare muscle disorder, Muscular Dystrophy when, in 2002 and 2004 he became the first disabled person to reach the North Pole and the South Pole respectively. After having had Muscular Dystrophy for over 20 years by the time he completed his expeditions, Michael had very little physical strength and suffered from the cold much more than any able-bodied person due to a less efficient circulatory system – though he and his team managed to make it.

The Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Expedition saw eight women from the Commonwealth countries of Cyprus, Ghana, India, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Jamaica and the United Kingdom brave blizzards, crevasses and temperatures below -30C as they ski over 900 kilometres across Antarctica to the Geographic South Pole. Many of these women had never experienced anything like snow or sub-zero temperatures before!

Certainly, both projects inspire people to really reach beyond the expectations of others and I hope that the 360Extremes expedition can help reinforce this message – with hard work and determination, we can achieve so much; we just have to really push ourselves and try!!!

  1. Great post I have been reading all your posts and they are really great keep up the good work.

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